Unlike the oblong pears we’re used to here in the States, the Japanese version looks like a golden apple with white freckles. It’s very spherical, very firm, and very flavorful.
This particular variety, Subarashii Kudamono (which means "wonderful fruit" in Japanese), began with pears brought from Japan to Pennsylvania in the 1970s, then carefully selected over the decades to develop a new, delicious American take on the classic.
After harvest, the pears are sliced and dried, which concentrates their flavor; it’s a darker kind of sweetness like toffee and fig and date. Smooth with a lovely chew. Makes a great addition to salads, cheeseboards, lunch boxes, or just for snacking.